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UNC supports S. Korea's survey of ancient kingdom ruins inside DMZ

All News 10:30 August 03, 2020

SEOUL, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations Command has said it helped South Korea's cultural agency conduct an on-site survey of an ancient castle site inside the Demilitarized Zone last week as part of a project to promote the border regions as a global peace zone.

The Cultural Heritage Administration has been surveying the ruins of Cheorwon Castle of the Taebong Kingdom (901-918) inside the DMZ, and UNC personnel supported the survey, the command said in a Facebook post uploaded on Friday.

UNC administers the inter-Korean border areas.

"This continues the Peace Zone project started last month to document significant sites & artifacts inside the DMZ," UNC said.

The short-lived kingdom established by King Gung Ye, also called Later Goguryeo, became the Goryeo Kingdom (918-1392).

According to Seoul officials, a group of cultural and natural heritage experts launched comprehensive research in June on various resources inside the DMZ.

The project came as the two Koreas agreed to work on the peaceful use of the heavily fortified region under the 2018 inter-Korean summit deal. President Moon Jae-in also vowed to turn the no man's land into a global peace zone.

This photo uploaded on the United Nations Command's Facebook page on Aug. 1, 2020, shows South Korean Cultural Heritage Administration officials surveying the Cheorwon Castle ruins of the Taebong Kingdom inside the Demilitarized Zone supported by UNC officers. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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